The Peek Ahead — Marcy Marc And The Grizzly Bunch

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GAMES ON SUNDAY 6TH APRIL

Let’s spend a little time having a ‘peek ahead’ of what to look for in the coming day’s games. I will name one player from each position who is likely to exceed their usual production given their upcoming matchup, as well as guys available on the waiver-wire to help you in specific categories.

MATCHUPS TO EXPLOIT

Darren Collison, PG, Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers

Collison has now topped 20 points in his past three games and the opposition doesn’t get much easier than the Lakers. Make sure he is on your team for the final weeks of the season.

Vince Carter, SG/SF, Dallas Mavericks @ Sacramento Kings

Carter hit rock bottom, going scoreless against the Lakers on Friday. But his season has been fantastic and should be able to bounce back against the struggling Kings.

Matt Barnes, SF, Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers

Barnes has been a pleasant surprise this season and is now a regular fantasy contributor. Last time out against the Lakers, Barnes registered a 17-12 double double.

Blake Griffin, PF, Los Angeles Clippers vs Los Angeles Lakers

Coming off his first triple double of the season, Griffin has also scored 20 points in the two games since missing one with a back complaint. He’s in a great position to post a monster line.

Marc Gasol, C, Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs

Marc Gasol has been solid, but not spectacular recently. Somewhat surprisingly, the Spurs have been yielding a lot of fantasy stats to opposition centres, so Gasol may be able to take advantage of that fact for big, well-rounded line.

PLAYERS TO PICK UP FOR SPOT START DUTY

This section highlights players who are available in more than 50% of ESPN leagues and are a decent option if you are looking for a guy to stream in for a day to give you the edge in your matchup.

If you need points: Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings vs Dallas Mavericks

With Isaiah Thomas still struggling with his quad injury, McCallum will be line for big minutes yet again. He has played over 40 minutes in the last six games and before Friday’s clunker, he had topped 20 points in two straight.

If you need threes: Ray Allen, SG, Miami Heat vs New York Knicks

In his first game back from illness, Allen drained two triples and should be good for a couple a game for the remainder of the season.

If you need rebounds: Jordan Hill, PF/C, Los Angeles Lakers @ Los Angeles Clippers

Hill hs dropped double-doubles in his past two games and with Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol doubtful to suit up again, he should be able to rack up double-digit boards again.

If you need assists: Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings vs Dallas Mavericks

While Thomas sits, McCallum is pretty much a must own player.

If you need steals: P.J. Tucker, SG/SF, Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Tucker has been racking up steals and rebounds at a great rate this season and is a nice low-end player for fantasy leagues. If you are looking to swing the steals category on Sunday, Tucker could be the guy to get it done.

If you need blocks: Chris Andersen, C, Miami Heat vs New York Knicks

Andersen is pretty much a must-own for 12 team leagues at this stage for his ability to get blocks and boards and should help fill up that category on Sunday.

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